Avalanche Ale - Breckenridge Brewery

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Avalanche AleAvalanche Ale

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Reviews: 436
Hads: 1,192
rAvg: 3.19
pDev: 16.3%
Wants: 10
Gots: 169 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Breckenridge Brewery visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  4.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-16-2001

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Reviews: 436 | Hads: 1,192
Photo of ADR
3.12/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Medium to darker amber appearance, clear and attractive with a middling head of 1/8 of an inch after a half a minute. Simple vertical string laces. Aroma has a touch of spiciness, approaches cardammon in some aspects. The mouthfeel is lighter, the carbonation is about average. Flavors start out simple, brown sugar maltiness, fairly straightforward, but with a little orangey tang that magnifies to a decent hoppiness and balance toward the back of the profile. Seems to sweeten on further sips, and takes on a vegetal funkiness. A little ordinary, and the carbonation flattens quickly (586 characters)

Photo of walleye
2.53/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

got another bargin from trader joes.poured amber with light tan head. aroma sweet , malts, caramel,with a hint of sourness. flavor sweet, caramel, watery. I am glad I did not spend more than a $1.25 on this one it is not going to be one of my favorites. (253 characters)

Photo of Mitchster
4.5/5  rDev +41.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brewed with 2-row pale, Munich, Roasted barley, and Chocolate malts. Hopped with Willamette, Chinook, Tettnang, and Hallertau.

19 IBU, 5.41% ABV (but selling at Albertson's as a 3.2% ABW brew)

Pours out to a very slightly hazy copper, forming a large soapy light beige head with very good retention and nice lacing. Aroma is rich with biscuit and toast notes, mild floral hops and lots of grain husk. Carbonation is moderate but very soft. Mouthfeel is full and also very soft with a medium-light body. Taste starts with some nicely spicy floral hops, followed by a shitload of toast and biscuit...the middle is earthy with some interesting patchouli and cedar notes. The bitterness is earthy and mild. Finish is long on toast with roasted barley and further grain husk. Cleanly fermented, super easy to drink.

This is quite an awesome brew, especially for being 3.2% ABW. This has a ton of flavor, and between the rich biscuit, toast and malt body, always brings a smile to my face. It's true to style and surpasses many of the better ambers out there. Very easy to drink stuff, and it's only $5.99/6'er here in Estes Park and Loveland. Recommended. This could easily become an everyday beer for me. (1,209 characters)

Photo of donnebaby
4.13/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Excellent looking amber ale, rich amber color body and eternal creamy froth, tannish color. Active. Lots of lacing. Smell's full of dry roasted grains with lots of flavor and a sweet underlie.

Taste jibes completely with the nose, showing big malted grain character, roasted and toasted and very dry. Bitter hops.. Mild carbonation and smooth, medium body. A great, unique amber ale that I found highly drinkable. (416 characters)

Photo of TastyTaste
3.55/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Written From Notes Compiled 6/04-8/04:
I bought this as a single that was being sold because of the rest of it's six-pack mates had been killed in a dropping accident. Very light carmel color, tiny white head. Moderate lacing on the side of the glass. Smell is some burnt carmel malts. Faint bitter hops, with a big grassy malt backing. Somewhat of a forgettable beer. (369 characters)

Photo of mynie
2.02/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Had one of these at a buddy's house. He handed me a glass of a nice looking hazy orange brew with a good head. I lowered my head to sniff it...

"Jesus god man, what the hell did you do to this?"

"Nothing! That's straight from the bottle."

I took another wiff. It smelled like, no it couldn't. I smelt again. My god, it did. It smelled exactly like a can of peas. Exactly. If I were blindfolded and had this beer shoved under my nose, I would think it was a can of peas.

I took a sip. It tasted like mixed vegetables, peas and corn. It had an okay body, I guess, but it really, seriously tasted like sweet peas. And that's just weird. (645 characters)

Photo of findlayfan
3.16/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured with a modest head, which quickly dissipated. Left very slight lacing in the glass.

Copper-colored body with very little aroma.

Moderate mouthfeel – seemed thicker in the aftertaste, and left a lingering coat on my tongue. Aftertaste also held a slight bitterness.

Quite drinkable – it goes down very easily and could certainly go down in multiples. Too bad it doesn’t have a bit more character, though.

Overall, a decent enough beer, but nothing to get too excited about. (494 characters)

Photo of ElGordo
3/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a deep amber hue with a light foamy head. Roasted malt aroma, not much else. Very foamy body contains a palate of roaste malt, light toffee, and a faint amount of hops that builds on the finish. Overall flavor is nice, but the body is way too carbonated. Of course, I had this in a crappy airport bar, so maybe it's usually better. (337 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazy orange-amber with a few small floaties. The eggshell colored crown is large-bubbled and melts to a thin film, leaving a meager amount of lace. The nose features an earthy hoppiness and a bit of apricot fruitiness. Not bad, but nothing special.

This Breckendridge brew is just okay. Flavors include sugared grains and gently fruity hops with a mildly bitter back end. The mouthfeel is on the thin side, which doesn't help.

Avalanche Ale isn't a bad beer by any means, but I won't be buying it again. (506 characters)

Photo of kbub6f
3.42/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The head is small, off-white and dense but fizzy. Clear, clear darkish orange/amber liquid. A touch rosy, if I'm sane. Sweet, fruity, nutty aroma is just a little bit sour. Tangy, nutty front. The middle gets sweetish, fruity. It's a little thinnish and there's a strange, tangy, sour touch. Almost like a rye or buckwheat. The finish is dry and a touch fruity (apples?). Nice roasted grains. This is ok, but it doesn't blow me away. (433 characters)

Photo of RBorsato
3.58/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Copper with a low tan head and decent carbonation but no lace. All malt aroma and taste; little hop aroma at first pour disappears quickly; a bit sweet overall. Medium bodied with a lingering malt finish. Lightly smooth.

Not as balanced as I normally like.

Per B.B. website:
Malts: Two Row Pale, Munich, Roasted Barley, Chocolate
Hops: Two Row Pale, Caramel (SEEM A BIT OFF HERE :-)
Bitterness Units: 19
Alcohol ByVolume: 5.41%

Per Microbrews book: Caramel malts. Chinnok, Willamette, Tettnang, and Hallertau hops.

Bottled: Week 1, Nov ('03)
Tasted: 02/08/04

($1.43 / 12 oz.) (596 characters)

Photo of AudioGilz
2.81/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear amber of course. The head is somewhat worth mentioning. Hmmmm....overall bland beer here. I can't get much of an aroma at all, just a bit of buttery malts. The mouthfeel is enjoyable crisp with bland malty notes comprising the flavor. There isn't much hop presence to speak of. I'm a bit disappointed. They should use the name Avalanche for a more "throaty" beer instead of this Hyundai beer. (406 characters)

Photo of GCBrewingCo
2.29/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

The beer pours a clear ruby amber with a white head that is compact, but lingering. The aroma is pure buttered popcorn. Super strong diacetyl aroma. Slight caramel behind that, no hop aroma. The flavor is diacetyl as well. Slick butter feel on the tongue and the finish is dry butter. There is no real caramel flavor and only enough hops to balance the butter. I could not choke down much of this. (397 characters)

Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.45/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A tinge of red on a smart amber body, the head is white and creamy, but short-lived. A little lace from the slight residual. Nice malty nose with a hint of fruit. The taste is sweetly malty with a bit of hop bittering. Thin and light body seems out of place with the appearance. Decent drinkability. (299 characters)

Photo of inebrius
3.58/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


The nose kind of tricks you. "Hey mister, drink me, I'm all malty sweet, hehe." And it is; for like a microsecond until the puckering hop flavor implodes your mouth. Yet, it did hint some leafy aromas back there, in the nose. hmmm? As I drain, it morphs. Dry caramel flavored pop corn, quenching hop bitter. Odd, enigmatic and amber.. (349 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.6/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: perfect amber color, short white head.
Aroma: rich and malty, with herbal/vegetal notes and coppery tinges.
Taste: neat little hop appearance at the fore, with a lingering finish. Body is light to medium, but this ale possesses sufficient character and proves to be consistently flavorful. A nicely downable session brew, an adequate amber.

thanks to Bruiser81 for providing! (392 characters)

Photo of Tballz420
3.92/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A fairly light-amber colored body, topped with a creamy white head. The smell of this one is a nice sweet, caramel scent. As for the taste, a big caramel malt presence dominates this beer. A nice well-balanced hop character. Slightly spicy.

This is one of the first beers that got me into the real beer game, not having it since then, i think i can appreciate it more now. Not bad at all. (391 characters)

Photo of Gusler
3/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer as it sets in the glass a limpid deep amber to burnished copper color, the head is impressive in size, frothy in texture and the color light beige, as the head disappears an adequate sheet of lace is formed. Nose is sweet malt, fresh and clean, a decent nose, the start is malt sweet, top is skinny in feel. Finish is benignly carbonated, the hops sparing in their spiciness, dry aftertaste, a lightweight beer and those who like the style should be pleased. (467 characters)

Photo of alexgash
3.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Wasn't too excited about this beer. Pours a amber-tinged golden with a small white head. Basic. Smell was biscuit-y malts, and not much else going on. Lightly sweet malts up front, with a not too bitter finish. Nice balance, but I get the impression that this brewer was "playing it safe" with this one. Mouthfeel was a little thin. (332 characters)

Photo of beerguy101
2.68/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Medium amber color, with a medium foamy beige head. Aroma is malty and sweet. A mild and malty ale. It has a lighter body and a nice smooth malt flavor. Not very hoppy. Good balance. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. (269 characters)

Photo of tavernjef
3.85/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from a trip to Colorado and Wyoming - May 2002 Purchased in Loveland, CO

Color is a deep amber with golden tones, with a small head that faded fast. Smell is light of sweet malt with a hint o fruity notes. Taste is good, quite smooth and somewhat light, has a good malty sweetness with a hop tingle slightly present. Feel is good, has a kind of sticky, sweet, coating, like a lollipop, and is smooth and closely medium bodied. I really liked this beer. It really hit the spot and fit perfect with the grilled dinner I was having. (538 characters)

Photo of Quaffer
3.17/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: A deep amber beer that had a coarse, disappointing one finger head (and that was with an aggresive pour). It vanished quickly and didn't leave any lace behind. Halfway through the drink, all that was left of the head was a thin ring around the top of the brew.

Smell: There was a faint malt aroma combined with a thick sweetness. On top af these was a sweet fruit smell, sort of like melon or star fruit. I could not detect any hops at all.

Mouthfeel: This was a medium bodied brew that was a little rough on the tongue, but not too bad. It seemed to coat the mouth.

Taste: There are some mild malt flavors upfront combined with a stronger sweetness that didn't seem to come from the malt. There was a mild hop tingle on the tongue, but I really had to think about it to notice it. The finish was mainly a continuation of the original sweetness. It coated the mouth and lingered for a long time. I found myself wanting a sip of water after each drink.

The sticky sweetness, the way it clung to my mouth and lingered, and the aroma of this brew all reminded me of melon, like cantalope or honeydew. Not exactly characteristics that I enjoy in a beer. While it made for an interesting aroma, it didn't transfer well to the palate. (1,252 characters)

Photo of Hobbz
3/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Color was hazy amber; foam was n/a. Predominate malt smell for what aroma was present (subtle). Taste was on the light side with an even, slightly malty feel (as the bottle suggests). Gave this one average marks, with the caveat that this is against other craft beers. (268 characters)

Photo of Morris729
3.83/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium amber color with a creamy white head. Mild aroma of floral hops. Taste is dominated by a sweet maltiness that is not overpowering and also has notes of honey and caramel. It’s quite crisp and refreshing. It would be nice after a long day on the slopes. (268 characters)

Photo of bditty187
3.77/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Coppery hue, the head never developed, also there was no subsequent lacing. The nose was slightly toasty malts, hints of sweetness, hoppiness, and apple notes. The palate is tasty but a little thin. The first drop that hit my tongue, I swear, was water but it definitely went up from there. Very tasty, sweet maltiness and caramel undertones but balanced by some bitter hops. This was a good Amber Ale; I’d drink it again. (423 characters)

Avalanche Ale from Breckenridge Brewery
74 out of 100 based on 436 ratings.